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Sanjay Raut, a senior member of the Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray-led Shiv Sena party, has filed a lawsuit against Kirit Somaiya, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Somaiya allegedly made disparaging remarks about Raut on Twitter, according to Raut. In a criminal defamation complaint submitted to a Mumbai court, Raut said that Somaiya had been persistently tweeting falsehoods since 2022 without providing any proof to back up his assertions. The goal of these tweets, which are still viewable on Somaiya’s Twitter page, is allegedly to harm Raut’s reputation in the eyes of the general public and society.

Without providing any evidence, Raut asserts that the tweets amount to character assassination. He further claims that Somaiya has slandered, libelled, and made malicious allegations about him, eroding the reputation for integrity he has worked so hard to build up over the years. Raut, who is also the editor of the Shiv Sena newspaper “Saamna,” considers Somaiya’s remarks to be harmful and indicative of the BJP leader’s careless demeanour.

A complaint has been made under Section 190 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) at the Mulund Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Mumbai. In accordance with Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Raut seeks to prosecute Somaiya. In addition, Raut asks that the BJP leader be called before the court as an accused in the case.

In order to promote his own successes, Raut mentions that he has written several books, including one about Balasaheb Thackeray, the founder of the Shiv Sena, which was turned into the movie “Thackeray.” He further notes that, in contrast to Somaiya’s 391,000 followers on Twitter, he has a sizeable following of over 1.2 million. According to the complaint, Somaiya tweeted about Raut’s detention by the Enforcement Directorate in the Patra Chawl scam case and called Raut “corrupt.” In a case involving the reconstruction of a chawl in Mumbai, Raut was granted bail by Special Judge M.G. Deshpande on November 9 of the previous year. In accordance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had detained Raut on July 31, 2022, after questioning him on the Patra Chawl redevelopment and related transactions involving his wife and acquaintances.

Written by- MD Arib khalique , College- Galgotia university , Semester-4th intern under Legal Vidhiya


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